Our mobile, organic-dynamic chicken rearing at LindenGut
The principle is simple: at night our Demeter chicken sleep on top of the perch; in the morning they flutter down to the floor and lay their eggs in the nests; during the day they peck outdoors. Once a week, we start our tractor and drag the stable and the animals onto a fresh meadow. While grass slowly grows over the old square, the chicken are happily scratching in the green again.
The innovative chicken mobile is packed with modern technology. Solar systems supply it with electricity and heat, flaps for the outlet open automatically, and the water and feed supply can be regulated automatically. There is space for 225 laying hens and five roosters.
The eggs from our Demeter hens can be purchased each Friday at the farm sale from 1 pm to 6 pm.
We support organic animal breeding with 1 cent per egg sold
In order to not let foxes or other predatory animals minimize our chicken, we have integrated five pygmy goats as “watchdogs”. Barbara, Eugenie, Klara, Wolfgang and Otto are the security guards for our hens named Hildegard and Gisela and help our roosters Harry and Gustav take care of them.
LindenGut’s chicken mobile:
Over 600 laying hens and their male siblings are at home at the LindenGut. They live in the innovative chicken mobile.
Why a chicken mobile?
Because only keeping chicken in a mobile stable really real free-range! So-called normal “free-range chicken” sometimes run a little further away, but they prefer to be near the barn. Here, they feel protected, take their sand baths to care for their plumage and let the sun shine on them. For this sand bathing, chicken build hollows in which puddles form when it rains. After a while you get the familiar problems with free-range farming: the soil becomes “chicken-tired”, i.e. parasites and germs accumulate in the soil. The chicken then repeatedly need help, e.g. with medication or wormers, and the quality of the eggs suffers.
The free range in the mobile hen house offers great advantages for the chicken as well as for the farmers and customers:
By moving the barn regularly (approx. once a week!), a constant forage quality is achieved, the sward is protected and the exercise area regenerates itself over time. Puddling and dirtying are prevented, thus reducing the risk of diseases and improving the taste and quality of the eggs.